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      That's what I call ironic wind... I can't count the number of times that I've put the kite back in the bag, felt the ironic wind, gotten the kite back out only to have the wind fail as soon as I was ready to fly !
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      For the past two days we've had all sorts of wind, but we've also been going to family and friends houses for Thanksgiving.  Today, when I have time to fly, of course the wind died down, but there was still something blowing around. I drove down the hill about 30 miles to the town of Rocklin and tried scouting out another park.  There was a lot of open area which wasn't assigned as a soccer field and there was some light, spotty wind.  I pulled out my new favorite kite the Prism 3D and got it up in the air.  Once again, the 3D saved the day.  Although there were times when the wind completely died there were still times when I could fly it for several minutes.  At one point I must have had the kite in the sky for 10 minutes or more.  I tried to learn to do stalls at the end of the wind window but the kite wants to pivot right and left.  I found that I really have to anticipate the kite's movement to stop that pivoting.  A couple of times I even got the kite to do a small side slide. I was feeling confident so I decided to try a 360.  The wind was really low so I brought the kite down and turned it to the right and parallel to the ground.  I swung it around to the right and started walking backwards fast.   It was working great and I got it just  past the 180 degree mark where I'm actually facing into the wind (if there was any).  Of course, that's when the wind decides to pick up and knock the kite down. I flew a couple more sessions until the wind just stopped utterly.  I wrapped up my lines and was putting the kite back in my new kite bag when, of course, the wind really starts to pick up AND it's coming from the opposite direction.  All day  it's been blowing from the mountains towards the ocean.  Now it's suddenly turned around and blowing back up the other direction.  It really does seem like the best way to make the wind come up is to put my kite away.   On the off change that the wind will stay strong I rigged up the newly repaired Kymera.  No sooner did I get the kite in the air than the offshore wind died and the super light onshore breeze came back. I decided to wrap it up.  As I got to the car I realized that what I thought was 20 or 30 minutes of kite flying was actually 2 and a half hours.  That's probably the longest time I've flown since I got back into kiting a couple of months ago.   If I can just find a clear flying field with no trees on a reasonably windy day it's going to be a blast.